Barcelona is home to many beautiful and quaint streets.As citizens who walk down these streets, how many of us actually pay attention to them without glancing at our phones?

As individuals of the digital age, our connections to the external environment pale in comparison to the digital connections to each other.Not surprisingly Wi-fi has made it to the top of the list of things necessary for survival.


So is it possible to use our obsession to stay connected to contribute to transforming physical space? Yes it is.

The attempt to create a transformative space has been done on Carrer de Rogent near El Clot Barcelona. It is a quaint street with local markets and local stalls that are usually put up during weekends and festive days.It is  done through capture of specific data sets to control specific aspects of the site in order to increase productivity and make revenue from the design of the site without physical intervention.

The design intervention is presented in five vertical layers :the users, interface, address, city and cloud layers respectively.

Users : Who are being Captured?

The people who come to the space for a specific purpose are being targeted as the user group.

Interface :How is the capture happening?

The people who enter the site are given access to Wi-Fi from the gateway in exchange of permission to track data from their mobile phones.

Address: What is being captured?

The specific datasets are being captured from three different user groups of the space.

City: Where is the capture happening?

The spaces considered for capture of data sets is the street itself as well as the balconies that are cantilevered onto the street essentially forming a part of the public space.

Cloud:Why is someone capturing it?

The data captured can be ultimately used to manipulate the space according to the patterns seen in the usage by the different people using the site, thus increasing productivity and local business ventures.

A street you go to, not just through is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
developed at Master in City and Technology in (2018/2019) by:
Students: Raeshma Janardhanan Nair, Xinyu Zhang
Faculty: Nicolay Boyadjiev